Ginger
Alpinia vittata

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Alpinia (al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: vittata (vy-TAH-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Alpinia sanderae

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Myers, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Miami, Florida

North Port, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Agana Heights, Guam

Gonzales, Louisiana

New Iberia, Louisiana

Slidell, Louisiana

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 6, 2011, Suzy_Bee from Spring, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Gorgeous foliage. Grew up to 5' tall and even blossomed one summer. Died in the hard freezes we had the last two winters. When I cut the dead foliage down, it actually smelled like the culinary ginger!

This year I will put up hoops and cover the suckers before a freeze.

Neutral

On Jun 8, 2007, Tropicanna from Clemmons, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Right now I'm saying neutral. I know this plant is finicky, but when I ordered the plant from Hawaii it looked awesome. I sent it to Puerto Rico to a friend for the winter, and there, he said it grew very slowly. Now that I have it here, I don't seem to be doing well with it, it does not seem to like the greenhouse at all. It is a beautiful plant, and I do love it, though.

I will update if I can get some info on how to keep it happier.

Positive

On Feb 26, 2003, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

This does not seem to grow taller than two feet. I have kept my plant in the shade and the marbled creamish variegation reduced drastically and the dark green colour was prominent.